Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Book of the Week: Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

I love Neil Gaiman's cheeky British humor, and this book doesn't disappoint. Though this isn't a YA book, I think older teenagers would like this supernatural book. Anansi Boys is the story of Fat Charlie, a man who actually isn't overweight, but is given that nickname by his overbearing, embarrassing father. When Fat Charlie finds out that his father has died, he goes from England to Florida to attend the funeral ( Both the way his father died and what happens to Fat Charlie at the funeral are so hilarious. Only Neil Gaiman could make something as sad as death so funny.)

After the funeral, Fat Charlie learns one shocking thing after another. He learns from one of his father's friends that his father was a spider god. ( The title of the book comes from Anansi spider stories from West Africa). Fat Charlie's also told that if he wants something, he should ask a spider for it. Fat Charlie thinks it's all crazy and dismisses it, then has a dream where he talks to a spider. The next day, he finds a man on his doorstep that says his name is Spider and that he's Fat Charlie's long-lost brother. For an average middle-management man like Charlie, that's too much for him to believe, but he goes along with Spider. Spider is handsome, charming, and fun- everything Fat Charlie isn't. Spider takes Fat Charlie on an adventure to honor their father and claim their rightful place as heirs to the Spider God's throne.

This book is hilarious, supernatural and just what I'd expect from a Neil Gaiman novel. I can't wait to finish this novel and read more from him. After I finish reading it, you can find this book in FIC Gaiman in the library.

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